KSS Architects

We believe that great architecture can create meaningful + lasting change for our clients, our society, and our world
KSS Architects opens office in New York CityKSS Architects is thrilled to announce three new Principals: Jason Chmura, Sven Schroeter, and David von Stappenbeck. Jason, Sven, and David have each made tremendous contributions to the sustained growth of the...How can communities turn underutilized schoolyards into outdoor classrooms that could enable students to safely return to school? KSS responded to this question, posed by the Community Design Collaborative through...KSS Architects is excited to announce the promotion of Ryan Bruce, Alicia Heinsen, and Mounir Tawadrous to Senior Associate. Recognized and respected as leaders and mentors, Ryan, Alicia, and Mounir have each made...KSS is excited to announce that the Remy Theatre has won an Honor Award for Historic Preservation from AIA New Jersey. The Remy is an adaptive re-use of a 1930s-built open-air theatre which was restored and...KSS Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Drummond, Don Kim, Jessica Mangin, Becker Raab, and Jesse Wilks to Associate. We are proud to elevate these individuals in recognition of their dedication...KSS is thrilled to announce that the renovation and addition of Foundation Collegiate Academy has received an Honor Award from @aianewjersey. The renovated and expanded Foundation Collegiate Academy is designed to...The Barbara Walters Campus Center at Sarah Lawrence College is embedded in the ecology of its neighborhood and region—its layout carefully preserved the contours of the land, hills, indigenous rock formations, and...Join KSS at Green Building United’s Sustainability Symposium this week! You can catch KSSers presenting on WELL in the industrial workplace, how KSS developed a tailored sustainability methodology for our firm, and...KSS ArchitectsHow it started ➡️ How it’s going.   Last month, @WeAreVentureLab and @PennEngineering checked in on construction progress on Tangen Hall, the future home of entrepreneurship on campus. Swipe through to see the...KSS Architects is pleased to announce Mayva Donnon as a new partner. An exceptional architect and leader, Mayva has led several of KSS’ most noted projects and built many of the firm’s lasting client relationships....Congratulations to KSS’ newest Registered Architect, Alex D’Aversa! In the past six months of working from home, Alex has not only accomplished the feat of passing the ARE, but also lead the charge to produce and...Each year KSS joins our community to call attention to the importance and need for public space by participating in Park(ing) Day. In recent years, our dedicated team has built a ‘sidewalk shroud’ for quiet...The new 23,500 SF office for ERT’s clinical trial imaging group commands sweeping views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie from the 24th floor of 1111 Superior Avenue. The project’s design vocabulary is informed by...@aerofarms continues to grow in Newark (in more ways than one) with a 25,000-sf expansion to its growing facility in the city’s Ironbound section. In addition to increasing crop yield by about 30%, this phase will...

We Design to Inspire and Delight

Great places bring out the best in us, stir us to aspire to greater heights.  Great design can make a place unforgettable, bring it life with personality, energy, and promise. 

We create places that are gracious in context, and iconic to our clients’ communities.  We design for impact, bringing to life innovative places of learning, commerce and community. 

Innovating in the Intersections

KSS is relentless, fearless in imagining what places can be and how they can function. Yesterday’s solutions cannot solve today’s challenges.

We embrace developing the new place that straddles building archetypes, unlocking the potential within the complex program or the challenging context.

Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) will offer a one-of-a-kind program that empowers adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder with the tools and support to lead independent and fulfilling lives. RCAAS will...Check out the continued progress at 2505 Bruckner! Steel erection has commenced at the multistory industrial hub which, when complete, will provide last mile delivery to tens of millions of people throughout New...Construction is almost complete at Valley View, a 1M sf speculative development in the Lehigh Valley developed by our longtime client Trammell Crow Company. This shot from a recent punch list visit shows progress on...On this day in 1990, Merilee Meacock joined KSS as an intern. 30 years later, Merilee is a partner, a compassionate leader, and a creative force in the firm. Merilee celebrates humanity by crafting meaningful places...Discovery Hall at @Rowan University is taking shape! The brick being installed on the façade of the future home of the School of Earth and Environment is reminiscent of the earth’s natural materials while in keeping...KSS is thrilled to congratulate one of our ACE mentees Tilak Patel who received the ACE New Jersey 2020 Scholarship! We’re so proud of Tilak who is beginning his studies in Civil Engineering at NJIT this fall. Good...

From Guidance Comes Greatness

Our ideation process is singular in the architecture profession. We are inclusive in our collaborative imagining, and deft in consensus-building. We think like owners, stewarding all resources to the greatest benefit.

Our clients trust us to lead them. And we trust our clients, involving them completely and collaboratively in a uniquely transparent process.

With window wall installation complete at Tangen Hall, the façade of this new academic building at  @uofpenn has come to life. Daylight and clouds move across the façade to illuminate the playful, vibrant color...It’s official, @2505bruckner Bruckner is going vertical! After months of piles, pile caps, and grade beams, the first level of the precast has been erected at the west dock wall. Thanks to @auroracontractorsinc for...
We are connected by a common passion to make our clients successful through great design
KSS Architects is thrilled to announce three new Principals: Jason Chmura, Sven Schroeter, and David von Stappenbeck. Jason, Sven, and David have each made tremendous contributions to the sustained growth of the...How can communities turn underutilized schoolyards into outdoor classrooms that could enable students to safely return to school? KSS responded to this question, posed by the Community Design Collaborative through...KSS Architects is excited to announce the promotion of Ryan Bruce, Alicia Heinsen, and Mounir Tawadrous to Senior Associate. Recognized and respected as leaders and mentors, Ryan, Alicia, and Mounir have each made...KSS is excited to announce that the Remy Theatre has won an Honor Award for Historic Preservation from AIA New Jersey. The Remy is an adaptive re-use of a 1930s-built open-air theatre which was restored and...KSS Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Drummond, Don Kim, Jessica Mangin, Becker Raab, and Jesse Wilks to Associate. We are proud to elevate these individuals in recognition of their dedication...KSS is thrilled to announce that the renovation and addition of Foundation Collegiate Academy has received an Honor Award from @aianewjersey. The renovated and expanded Foundation Collegiate Academy is designed to...The Barbara Walters Campus Center at Sarah Lawrence College is embedded in the ecology of its neighborhood and region—its layout carefully preserved the contours of the land, hills, indigenous rock formations, and...Join KSS at Green Building United’s Sustainability Symposium this week! You can catch KSSers presenting on WELL in the industrial workplace, how KSS developed a tailored sustainability methodology for our firm, and...How it started ➡️ How it’s going.   Last month, @WeAreVentureLab and @PennEngineering checked in on construction progress on Tangen Hall, the future home of entrepreneurship on campus. Swipe through to see the...KSS Architects is pleased to announce Mayva Donnon as a new partner. An exceptional architect and leader, Mayva has led several of KSS’ most noted projects and built many of the firm’s lasting client relationships....Congratulations to KSS’ newest Registered Architect, Alex D’Aversa! In the past six months of working from home, Alex has not only accomplished the feat of passing the ARE, but also lead the charge to produce and...Each year KSS joins our community to call attention to the importance and need for public space by participating in Park(ing) Day. In recent years, our dedicated team has built a ‘sidewalk shroud’ for quiet...The new 23,500 SF office for ERT’s clinical trial imaging group commands sweeping views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie from the 24th floor of 1111 Superior Avenue. The project’s design vocabulary is informed by...@aerofarms continues to grow in Newark (in more ways than one) with a 25,000-sf expansion to its growing facility in the city’s Ironbound section. In addition to increasing crop yield by about 30%, this phase will...Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) will offer a one-of-a-kind program that empowers adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder with the tools and support to lead independent and fulfilling lives. RCAAS will...Check out the continued progress at 2505 Bruckner! Steel erection has commenced at the multistory industrial hub which, when complete, will provide last mile delivery to tens of millions of people throughout New...Construction is almost complete at Valley View, a 1M sf speculative development in the Lehigh Valley developed by our longtime client Trammell Crow Company. This shot from a recent punch list visit shows progress on...On this day in 1990, Merilee Meacock joined KSS as an intern. 30 years later, Merilee is a partner, a compassionate leader, and a creative force in the firm. Merilee celebrates humanity by crafting meaningful places...Discovery Hall at @Rowan University is taking shape! The brick being installed on the façade of the future home of the School of Earth and Environment is reminiscent of the earth’s natural materials while in keeping...KSS is thrilled to congratulate one of our ACE mentees Tilak Patel who received the ACE New Jersey 2020 Scholarship! We’re so proud of Tilak who is beginning his studies in Civil Engineering at NJIT this fall. Good...With window wall installation complete at Tangen Hall, the façade of this new academic building at  @uofpenn has come to life. Daylight and clouds move across the façade to illuminate the playful, vibrant color...It’s official, @2505bruckner Bruckner is going vertical! After months of piles, pile caps, and grade beams, the first level of the precast has been erected at the west dock wall. Thanks to @auroracontractorsinc for...Cheers to @alliedbeveragenj’s Elizabeth, NJ headquarters and distribution center which has received a ‘New Good Neighbor’ award from @njbia! We were honored to nominate our long-time client Prologis, a global leader...A very warm (virtual) welcome to our 2020 summer interns! We are excited to have these talented young professionals join us from their respective homes as we continue to work remotely and look forward to the fresh...At 2505 Bruckner, our team applied lessons learned from our extensive experience in traditional single-level industrial to create a technical solution for this high-value constrained urban site: stack levels of...Join us this coming Tuesday, June 30, for a webinar hosted by @crewphilly, “Development in the Post-COVID-19 Environment: Industry, Workplace, Community, & the Importance of WELL.” KSS Partner Ed Klimek, AIA, NCARB...Our client @aerofarms is partnering with @jerseycitynj and @worldeconomicforum to launch the first-ever Vertical Farming Program to address food deserts, inequity in food access, and education. We’re proud to...Throwback to days spent studying outside at the Remy, Sarah Lawrence’s new outdoor amphitheater. KSS was thrilled to help relocate, restore, and reconstruct this marble beauty which was originally installed at the...Join KSS Partner Matt McChesney this Thursday, June 18, at 1pm EDT for an engaging panel discussion about how corporate and educational design strategies merge around common goals of community, well-being and...Collaboration for the win! KSS, @olininsta, @landau_design, @kimleyhorn, and Decus Construction, who worked together to create a conceptual design for the expansion of @rair_philly’s artist program, received the...KSS Architects Instagram photoAs designers, we have the opportunity to create spaces that support human wellness. While we spend more time in our homes than ever before, we can take this opportunity to find ways to support our own wellness...A beautiful tribute to the work of our client, Grand Street Settlement, who for the past 100 years has connected New Yorkers to opportunities that inspire, services that keep families strong, and programs that bring...

We Are United by Design

We believe that design can only achieve greatness when built upon human relationships.

Trust—between client and their community, between architect and their client—rises from accountability. Within that trust we design places that facilitate and celebrate interwoven relationships, creating rich and rewarding communities.

Cheers to @alliedbeveragenj’s Elizabeth, NJ headquarters and distribution center which has received a ‘New Good Neighbor’ award from @njbia! We were honored to nominate our long-time client Prologis, a global leader...A very warm (virtual) welcome to our 2020 summer interns! We are excited to have these talented young professionals join us from their respective homes as we continue to work remotely and look forward to the fresh...At 2505 Bruckner, our team applied lessons learned from our extensive experience in traditional single-level industrial to create a technical solution for this high-value constrained urban site: stack levels of...